Costs and Refunds

Reasonable cost and strong financial resources are two major benefits of the Master of Arts in Higher Education program. In the interest of providing an experientially rich and comprehensive learning experience, the university subsidizes many program elements that exceed the cost of tuition. For example, the program provides funding for students’ study away experiences (MHE students are responsible for purchasing personal items such as necessary travel documents, luggage fees, gifts, independent excursions, etc.) and students may apply for grants in their second year to fund professional development activities that align with their Professional Development Plans. The apprenticeship host department also provides students with membership in a professional association and travel grants to attend state or regional conferences in their first year. In addition, there are no student fees for student activities, parking, technology, recreational facility, and cultural/athletic events, etc.

The Elon Master of Arts in Higher Education’s tuition cost for the fall 2020 cohort is $15,454 per year, with a significant amount of funding for scholarships awarded to qualified applicants. Tuition will not increase for the student’s second year.  Tuition for the 2021 cohort will be available in January or early February of 2021. More information on MHE Scholarships can be found on the MHE Admissions Website.

Every MHE student who meets all requirements for final admittance to the program is hired as a paid graduate apprentice in a campus program or department. The apprenticeship is for the two-year duration of the program, (not including summers) with reappointment for the second year contingent upon satisfactory completion of academic and apprenticeship requirements. Apprenticeship stipends are paid on a prorated monthly basis and can be used in whatever manner the student chooses (e.g., living expenses, textbooks, etc.). Stipends are taxable revenue. Given their role as apprentices, MHE students are also classified as Elon employees and receive some employee benefits (such as reduced meal plan costs, discounts, etc.) in addition to their student benefits. For more information on the Graduate Apprentice role and funding, please see the MHE Apprenticeship website.
Students may also apply for federal financial aid, if eligible. Please see the Graduate Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog for more information on Financial Assistance for Graduate Students. Additional financial planning information is available on the MHE Admissions website.
Grades, diplomas and transcripts will be withheld until a student’s financial obligations to the university are settled. A student cannot register for further coursework until financial obligations to the university are paid.


Tuition and fees are refunded on a pro rata basis during the first eight weeks of the fall and spring terms. There will be no refund to students who withdraw during winter or summer terms. Any part of a week will be considered as a full week for all pro rata charges.
1st week pro rata charge 5%
2nd week pro rata charge 10%
3rd week pro rata charge 40%
4th week pro rata charge 60%
5th week through 8th week pro rata charge 75%
9th week — no refund

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